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The Monument of the Working Man

“The Monument of the Working Man” was supposed to be something else. It started out with the design of a fully-automatic machine which blows up and throws out balloons. The balloons were supposed to be transported by a round-magazine mechanism of an old slide projector and inflated by an air compressor. During one of Mijalkovic´s visits to the hardware store the idea got a shift: he decided to ‘install’ one of the workmen offering illicit labor in front of the store, rather than using the technology from inside the store.
A Romanian bricklayer agreed to do it, as he had never done such a “balloon job” and demanded 1 Euro per balloon. It was decided that the balloons would be red and that they would lose air as soon as they take off from the man-machine.


Copyright: Milan Mijalkovic, 2020